HARRISBURG – House Republican members from Allegheny and Washington counties today expressed outrage at Gov. Tom Wolf’s statements that he plans to veto a government transparency bill (House Bill 2463) that addresses access to public records during a disaster declaration and received unanimous support from the Legislature. In response, Reps. Jason Ortitay (R-Allegheny/Washington), Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland), Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette), Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington), Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny), Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) and Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG - Today, Westmoreland County Republican House members expressed surprise, deep concern and frustration over Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine's recent threat to close restaurants and bars for the next two weeks in Westmoreland County.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced that communities in the 54th Legislative District in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties will receive nearly $177,000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees.
HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today passed a stabilizing, temporary budget bill that will fund the majority of the state for the next five months with the exception of education, which will be funded for the next 12 months. Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland), who voted to approve the measure, released the following statement.
HARRISBURG – Presenting how Allegheny County’s Primary Election Day polling place consolidation plan violates both the letter and spirit of the law, members of the Allegheny County Republican House delegation called on Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathryn Boockvar to reverse her approval. The state legislators who signed the letter are Speaker of the House Mike Turzai and Reps. Natalie Mihalek, Jason Ortitay, Bob Brooks, Lori Mizgorski and Mike Puskaric.
HARRISBURG – Allegheny County Republican House members today slammed the consolidation of county polls for the June 2 primary which will disenfranchise voters. The state legislators, including Speaker Mike Turzai and Reps. Natalie Mihalek, Jason Ortitay, Bob Brooks, Lori Mizgorski, Mike Puskaric and Valerie Gaydos, issued the following statement:
HARRISBURG – Recognizing the restrictions of recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to exercise, Rep. Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced today that he will be introducing legislation that will allow Pennsylvanians to engage in their favorite indoor sports and recreation activities beginning on Monday, June 1.
MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to move to the “yellow phase” of reopening in the southwest region of the state starting May 15.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan of which regions and counties would move into the “yellow phase” under his reopening plan.
HARRISBURG – As daily announcements from Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine say, expanded testing is the most crucial step in saving lives and helping Pennsylvania get back to normal. However, House Democrats disagreed, blocking the two-thirds vote required to pass an emergency bill to expand testing to Pennsylvanians on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, joined by members of the Allegheny County House delegation, sent the attached letter to Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, requesting she allow hospitals and health systems in the Allegheny County area to reopen to allow for the treatment of COVID-19 patients as well as the pre-planned, medically necessary surgeries that are currently being prevented.
MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, under her authority, is permitted to take any disease-control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease. Secretary Levine signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A contagious respiratory disease that was first detected in China in December 2019 has spread worldwide. During the early stages of the coronavirus, we had little statistical information, but there was much concern over hospital space for treatment and the loss of lives. Health officials here and abroad are continuing to work to track and contain the growing epidemic.
WEST DEER, Pa. – Superintendent Dr. Janell Logue-Belden announced today that beginning next Wednesday, March 25, the Deer Lakes School District teachers will implement remote instruction for all grades. These are mandatory school days and teachers will assess the students’ work based on the curriculum.
Lawmaker responds to governor’s business shutdown
MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shut down all non-life-sustaining business in Pennsylvania:
MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced that effective Wednesday, March 18, his district offices in Murrysville and Lower Burrell will not be providing walk-in services to residents of the 54th District until further notice.
MURRYSVILLE - Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced the School Safety and Security Committee has awarded $53.7 million in School Safety and Security Grants to school districts, vocational schools, intermediate units and charter schools across the state, including Deer Lakes, Burrell, Franklin Regional, Kiski Area and Penn Trafford.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today issued the following statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address:
HARRISBURG – Within the 54th district portion of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, 19 fire and ambulance companies will receive approximately $227,000 combined in state grants, Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced today that local residents will soon benefit from state grant funding that was awarded to Lower Burrell and Murrysville through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP)